The Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern are pleased with the team that Pep Guardiola has at his disposal, but according to the Manchester Evening News, the Spanish manager is already working hard on planning for the future.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Pep Guardiola has held a meeting with the Man City board to outlay his transfer vision for the future, and work has already begun to plan ahead. It is said that Man City have ‘started working’ on a deal to land Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred – who Guardiola apparently views as the perfect long-term successor to Fernandinho.
Fernandinho has, of course, been crucial for Man City this season. He’s often been important since he moved to England, but his role has taken on a new lease on life this season, and he has become the engine and the focal point of the Man City midfield.
However, whilst he has done very well, at 32-years-old, he can’t keep performing at such a rigorous pace forever, and so preparations must be made for the future.
Fred, in that vein, would be a decent fit, and it seems as though Guardiola recognises that. Whilst a move for this month, according to the Manchester Evening News, is not likely to be on the cards, a move next summer is more likely. At that point, Fernandinho will be 33-years-old, whilst Fred will be just 25.
Offering fantastic defensive quality, great passing and endless energy, the Brazilian would be a perfect fit.
Fred is, in many ways, performing a very similar role to Fernandinho at Shakhtar – and so it would be a natural move for the Brazilian to come to the Etihad. Fernandinho moved to Manchester from Shakhtar, and so the parallels between the pair are clear.
He’d be a great replacement, offering many of the same traits, just in a younger form.
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